Social scientists seek to probe and to describe the most intimate and secret practices by peoples across the world. The attraction of this "guarded realm" for many researchers is not rooted in their desire for knowledge and benefits alone, but some are also drawn by the allure of the forbidden, of secrecy itself. There is also a pleasure in dispelling what some understand to be mystery as in fact purely physical or superficial phenomena. There is the pleasure of trespassing on what is taboo.
The extraordinary amount of research into every minute aspect of sexuality and religious belief is simply not explicable on scientific grounds alone.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.